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EZCORP, Inc. (EZPW - Snapshot Report) is even cheaper than when I last reviewed it in March. The company now trades with a forward P/E of 10.4.

EZCORP, the operator of pawnshops in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, reported fiscal third quarter results on July 22 which met the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 40 cents. Revenue rose 17% to $173.5 million.

The company continued with its expansion plans during the quarter. It acquired 13 pawn shops in Chicago and continued opening its own stores.

It has surpassed 70 new store openings and opened its 100th pawn store in Mexico in early July.

Guidance Raised Again

EZCORP has raised its full year guidance several times this year. It did so again on July 22, raising it to $1.92. In January, the company was expecting to make just $1.81 for the fiscal year.

It would be a gain of 35% as the company made $1.42 per share in fiscal 2009.

Zacks Consensus Estimates Higher Than Guidance

It seems that the analysts are more bullish than the company. The fiscal 2010 Zacks Consensus Estimate has risen 1 cent in the last 90 days to $1.93, which is a penny higher than the company's guidance.

This is earnings growth of 37%.

EZCORP is expected to report fiscal fourth quarter earnings on Nov 4.

Value Credentials Still Intact

In addition to still having a low P/E, EZCORP also trades with a PEG of just 0.6.

It also has a price-to-book ratio of 1.9 which is well within the value parameters.

EZCORP is now a Zacks #2 Rank (buy) stock.

Read the April 27, 2010 article.

Update to Previous Value Zacks Rank Buy Stocks

Orthofix International N.V. (OFIX) is trading with a PEG ratio of just 0.6 as it has both growth and a low P/E ratio. Read the full article.

Endo Pharmaceuticals (ENDP) recently announced a major acquisition which will push earnings significantly higher in 2011. The company has good value fundamentals to go along with the growth, as it has a PEG ratio of just 0.80. Read the full article.

Gulf Resources Inc. (GFRE) recently raised full year guidance as the bromine market in China remains hot. It has a PEG ratio of just 0.3. Read the full article.

RINO International Corporation (RINO) is another cheap Chinese company, trading at just 6.3x forward estimates. Read the full article.

Tracey Ryniec is the Value Stock Strategist for Zacks.com. She is also the Editor in charge of the market-beating Zacks Value Trader service. You can follow her at twitter.com/traceyryniec.

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